Foundations of ASD: National Autism Online Training Series

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Selena Joy

Course Overview

Autism Spectrum Disorders are considered to be a lifelong neurological developmental disability which share many characteristics. With the number of individuals diagnosed with autism on the rise, there is a strong probability everyone will encounter someone with ASD either at work or daily life. This course will provide participants with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD, which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior. Secondary characteristics, including sensory processing differences and motor deficits will also be explored. The course will discuss the impact ASD has on the person as well as the family unit. The course will also provide an overview of learning styles, the history, cause, and early signs of ASD.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the history and causes of ASD
  2. List the categories under the heading of ASD and describe the differences
  3. Discuss the primary and secondary characteristics of ASD
  4. Describe strengths of individuals with ASD
  5. Describe the differing ways individuals with ASD learn
  6. Discuss the impact ASD has on the person and the family
  7. Discuss what ASD looks like across the life span

Module One: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Primary Characteristics

Consists of the following topics:

  1. History and causes of ASD
  2. Impact on the person and family
  3. Communication
  4. Social Skills
  5. Behavior


  1. Readings
  2. Respond to group discussion question posted on Blackboard
  3. Quiz

Module Two: Secondary Characteristics, Learning Styles and Autism Across the Lifespan

Consists of the following lessons:

  1. Secondary Characteristics
  2. Comorbidity
  3. Autism across the life span
  4. Learning styles


  1. Readings
  2. Respond to group discussion question posted on Blackboard
  3. Quiz